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Professional Learning

Confronting Hate: Repairing the World: Stories from the Tree of Life

During this webinar, we’ll be in conversation with Patrice O’Neill,  the director of the new documentary, Repairing the World: Stories from the Tree of Life. We’ll discuss the making of this film and its implications in the fight against antisemitism and racism.

December 07, 2022 | 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm EST


Cost:  Free
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About this event:

Single Session

Our single professional learning sessions are designed to easily fit into your day. Typically one hour or less, these sessions explore timely and relevant topics including teaching strategies, current events, and more.


This professional learning event will be led by Facing History staff. When you register, you will receive instructions for how to attend the event.

This event qualifies for Certificate of Completion.

At the conclusion of the webinar, participants can download a certificate of completion for one PD credit hour from the webinar console. Certificates may be submitted for school's or district's approval. Requirements for professional development hours vary by state. It is the participant's responsibility to ensure that they are meeting the requirements of their school, organization, and/or state.

After a Jewish community in Pittsburgh was rocked by a violent antisemitic attack, the larger community came together to support their neighbors and speak out against hate. Facing History and Ourselves is partnering with Not In Our Town to develop a viewing guide for the newly released documentary Repairing the World: Stories from the Tree of Life. This viewing guide is designed for educators to use with clips from the film to explore various topics about antisemitism and rising above hate with their students. During this webinar, Repairing the World film director Patrice O’Neill will discuss the making of the film and its implications in the fight against antisemitism and racism.

During the webinar, we will: 

  • Discuss how the Tree of Life shooting is indicative of a larger trend related to rising antisemitism in the United States
  • Explore ways that communities devastated by violence can begin to heal
  • Consider what we can do to make our communities stronger than hate

Captioning will be provided during this webinar, which takes place from 7–8 PM ET/6–7 PM CT/ 5–6 PM MT/4–5 PM PT. If this time doesn’t work for your schedule, be sure to register and we’ll notify you once the recording is available on our On-Demand Learning Center.

You will be eligible to receive one-hour of professional development credit for participation if you actively watch the webinar. At the conclusion of the webinar, you will be able to download a certificate of completion from the webinar console. Check with your school or district in advance of the webinar to ensure that the professional development credit is accepted.

About the Panelists: 

Danielle Frandina, Facilitator
Program Designer, Facing History and Ourselves

Danielle is a Program Designer for the Contemporary Antisemitism Project at Facing History. She was a high school Humanities teacher for 14 years, working in both public and Jewish school settings. She is also a writer, literary event organizer and academic coach based in Portland, Oregon. 

Patrice O’Neil, Presenter
Filmmaker and CEO, The Working Group

Patrice O’Neill is a filmmaker and CEO of the Oakland-based non-profit strategic media company,TheWorking Group and leader of Not In Our Town. Her film Not In Our Town began as a half-hour PBS special and turned into a dynamic movement to stop hate and build inclusion in communities across the U.S. and around the world. For 25 years, O'Neill has fostered a network of “Not In Our Town” activists and helped lead screenings and town hall meetings to launch sustainable hate response and prevention efforts.

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